Louisville.com's Weekender: Events for April 5-8, 2012


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Ann Hamilton at the Speed Art Museum

Ann Hamilton is a visual artist internationally recognized for the sensory surrounds of her large-scale multimedia installations. Noted for a dense accumulation of materials, her liminal environments create immersive experiences that poetically respond to the architectural presence and social history of their sites.

April 5, 6 p.m.
Speed Art Museum
2035 S. Third St.

Finnigan's fifth Festival of Funky Fresh Fun at the Bard's Town

Finnigan Productions presents its fifth annual festival of new 10-minute plays by local playwrights,  Finnigan’s Festival of Funky Fresh Fun is a celebration of local theatre artists in the disciplines of playwriting, acting and directing, with scripts from 11 local writers, directed by 11 local directors and performed by 15 local actors. The plays were written and conceived by adults for adults and due to adult language and situations, it is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18.

Through April 14
The Bard's Town Theatre
1801 Bardstown Road

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Dragons at the KFC Yum! Center

For the first time in circus history, myth and majesty will share the arena during this must-see family event that can only be witnessed at The Greatest Show On Earth.  Dragon tribes from the far reaches of the Earth are brought together in a single performance, displaying their breathtaking skills in a circus tournament of champions. Each tribe must prove that they have virtues of Courage, Strength, Wisdom and Heart to arouse dragons which appear right before your very eyes.

Through April 8
KFC Yum! Center
1 Arena Plaza


Louisville Magazine's April Derby Launch Party featuring Idol's Haley Reinhart at Ice House

Join Louisville Magazine (its publisher = our owner) for its April Derby issue launch party at the Ice House (226 E. Washington St.) on Friday, April 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. American Idol finalist Haley Reinhart and Indiana's newest superstar Jon McLaughlin will be performing live. Guests will enjoy free appetizers and drink specials provided by Crushed Ice Events. Also, enter to win two tickets to the Marriott Oaks Bourbon Brunch, featuring celebrity chef Guy Fieri. There'll also be a Derby Hat Contest with prizes for the most spectacular and funniest Derby hat. As always, the launch party is free and open to the public.

March 6, 5:30 -7:30 p.m.
Ice House
226 E. Washington St.

First Friday Variety Show at Second and Main

As part of the First Friday Trolley Hop on Main Street, Baron's Theater and Smerlin Entertainment bring in a a variety show that includes magic, music and comedy, an incomparable cocktail bar and an exhibit of local art. The magician, Big Daddy Cool, comes to us from Nashville Tennessee. Comedian, Adam White, is well known here in Louisville, where he hosts Comedy Underground. Singer, Miss Kitty Taylor, comes to us from Louisville's own Va Va Vixens. The shows begin at 7:30 p.m., 8:15p.m. and 9 p.m. Cocktails and Art Showing run 5:30-10 p.m.

April 6, 5:30 p.m.
Second and Main
131 West Main Street

Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic at Freedom Hall

The Derby Festival Basketball Classic has showcased some of the nation's finest high school talent before the players move onto to collegiate and professional levels. Players such as Jamal Mashburn, Moses Malone, Rex Chapman, Pervis Ellison, Isiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins, Darrell Griffith, Derek Anderson, Anfernee Hardaway and Michael Beasley have starred in the Classic.

March 6, 7 p.m.
Freedom Hall
937 Phillips Lane


20th Annual Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade

The parade includes antique cars, marching bands, dance teams, horse-drawn carriages, neighborhood groups and businesses, Shriner cars, floats, Hwang’s Martial artists, plenty of families costumed for the event, dogs with rabbit ears, children with Easter bonnets and baskets, and plenty of free candy. The Frankfort Avenue Business Association will give out Good Ears awards for the most creative floats and outrageous Easter Bonnets. The judging stand will be located in front of the Irish Rover. Those who wish to be considered for one of the awards will be asked to stop in front of the judges and show off their Easter style.

April 7, 11 a.m.
Frankfort Ave, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (2822 Frankfort Ave.) west to Haldemann Avenue

Hellebore Day - A Celebration and Sale at Yew Dell

If there was ever a near-perfect perennial for Kentucky, the hellebore is it!.Evergreen foliage, winter and spring flowering, good looking foliage all summer . . . what’s not to love? And Yew Dell just happens to have one of the best collections in the land. Come learn about culture, biology, new varieties and more. And they’ll have plenty of great plants to buy as well so you can start (or augment) your own collection.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood
6220 Old LaGrange Rd
Free for members and children 12 and under, $7 adults, $5 seniors

Villbillies CD Release Party at Headliners

Celebrate Louisville's Villebillies' release of their new CD Appetite for Dysfunction. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. 18 and over event.

April 7, 7:30 p.m.
Headliners Music Hall
1386 Lexington Road


Louisville.com's Easter brunch roundup

You know how it goes; every Easter you stand, uncomfortable in a scratchy suit, keeping your greedy paws clasped behind your back in an attempt to stop yourself from stealing candy meant for kids. Little ones in their Easter finery shriek and giggle with chocolate stained faces, chomping jelly beans, and your stomach rumbles through the early service. Fear not, for our Elizabeth Orrick has compiled a list of fine Louisville restaurants ready and willing to satisfy whatever your little heart is craving on perhaps the only Sunday morning you have to get up wicked early, endure cheek pinches from your great aunt and wear a tie.

Read Louisville.com's Easter brunch round up.

Civil War: My Brother, My Enemy exhibit at the Frazier History Museum

The War Between the States pitted brother against brother. Nowhere was this division more apparent than in the border state of Kentucky— where family lines were often the battle lines. The Frazier History Museum is hosting an original exhibition, Civil War: My Brother, My Enemy, in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.

Through April 8
Frazier History Museum
829 W. Main St.
General museum admission

Renoir to Chagall: The Allure of Color at the Speed Art Museum

This major exhibition features paintings by the great French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masters and related artists dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Among the who’s who of artists included are Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Mary Cassatt, Henri Matisse, Paul Gauguin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Georges Braque, and Marc Chagall.

Through May 6
The Speed Art Museum
2035 S. Third St.
$5 for museum members, $15 for non-members




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